Lewy Body Academy

Closing the gap in care

People living with Lewy body dementia or Parkinson's disease dementia can often fall through the gaps in care. This Academy seeks to support professionals with the knowledge and expertise they need to close that gap.

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Brand new to Lewy body dementia? Our Bitesize course of short talks from LBD experts will equip you with a solid grounding in one of the most common forms of dementia, as well as the confidence to appropriately support those living with it.

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'Closing the gap in care'

Lewy body dementia (LBD) and Parkinson’s disease dementia (PDD) together account for up to 15% of all dementias. Recognition and management of these dementias, though, is often suboptimal, and people living with them can fall through the gaps in care. This Academy seeks to support professionals with the knowledge and expertise they need to close that gap.

Designed by clinicians, for clinicians

Healthcare professionals have come together from across different backgrounds, localities, experiences and service models to develop our courses. They make up our valued Faculty, and are constantly shaping and updating the content and style of delivery to maximise its relevance and practicality.

'The things you can't get from the books'

Our mix of practical, peer-to-peer learning takes delegates from evidence-based information to transformational action that cannot be found in a textbook. This Academy supports all delegates through a six month mentorship programme following a MasterClass, helping to cement their learning into daily practice.

Transferable model of learning

Our course format and learning style create an entirely transferable model which can be replicated for any disease area, whilst each courses' content is entirely unique. Our MasterClasses bring together a wide range of practitioners with varying skillsets and specialisms and our content is tailored to individual learning needs through a modular system.

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Focussing on Lewy body dementia (previously known as Lewy body disease), and Parkinson's disease dementia, this specialist training ensures people with these dementias do not fall through the gaps in care.

Lewy body dementia (LBD) and Parkinson’s disease dementia (PDD) together account for up to 15% of all dementias. However, recognition and management of the LBDs is suboptimal.

Often, people with LBD ‘fall through the cracks’ of services as they may present at various entry points to care, and care pathways are not well joined up, either in the UK or Ireland.

The cost of care of LBD is among the highest of all types of dementia, and the care burden is significant.

There is an urgent need to address the gap in awareness and clinical skills around the diagnosis and management of LBD by clinicians in the UK and Ireland. In partnership with voluntary sector organisations, this new Academy will deliver bespoke education on dementia with Lewy bodies, improving detection, diagnosis, and management - and closing the gap in care.

Drawing on the tried and tested model of education which Neurology Academy has been delivering for almost two decades, the Lewy Body MasterClass will provide intense practical education around diagnosis and management of LBD. This will include the latest evidence regarding biomarkers and interventions, across medical, therapeutic and lifestyle-related modifications.

Lewy body dementia (LBD) is the second most common type of dementia, yet it is frequently un- or misdiagnosed. LBD can present in multiple guises. Upgrading knowledge and skills in the diagnosis and management of LBD is essential for all clinicians working with people at risk of or living with dementia.

Prof Iracema Leroi, Associate Professor of Geriatric Psychiatry, Trinity College, Dublin


Our work is made possible because of the wider support we receive, and we are incredibly grateful. Thanks to that support, we are transforming healthcare and changing the lives of people living with neurological conditions.

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News and articles

12 Nov 2021 Posted in Event reports

Our first ever Lewy body MasterClass – a success!

Last week saw the first ever MasterClass from our new Lewy Body Academy. Supported by an educational grant from the Lewy Body Society, the course was delivered in collaboration with Lewy Body Ireland. With so little chance for networking over the past year or so due to the pandemic, our MasterClass began with an opportunity to connect with colleagues over a formal dinner. The evening featured guest speaker Lesley Magee, a renowned Northern Ireland-based musician and ambassador for the Lewy Body Society whose father was diagnosed with LBD in recent years.

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Academy and faculty leaders

We are led and supported by experts with a variety of backgrounds across a range of disciplines. By bringing different passions to the Academy, they ensure we maintain a high quality of content and information across a diverse field of knowledge.

Prof Iracema Leroi
Professor of geriatric psychiatry
Prof John-Paul Taylor
Professor of Translational Dementia Research and Honorary Consultant Old Age Psychiatrist
Dr Joseph Kane
Academic clinical lecturer
Dr Seán O’Dowd
Consultant neurologist